By EW Staff
Updated May 02, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT

5 YEARS AGO I had quit my restaurant job and had maybe $3,000 to my name. I landed this commercial for Volkswagen and my knees literally buckled. I went down to the ground and prayed — I don’t believe in God — and I was like, thank you, thank you so much.

NOW There was never a vacation five years ago. Now it’s like, oh, I’m going to take a week off, because I can. I can go to the country, I can hang out. I don’t need to worry about getting into town for an audition. My life has totally changed.

5 YEARS FROM NOW I want to be able to have a house and work the land and do things like learn to blacksmith and coppersmith and do things with my hands. When I am up in the country, I feel like, Wow, this is good getting my hands dirty.




AGE 38

EXPERIENCE Gilmore Girls, NYPD Blue, Kissing Jessica Stein, The 10th Kingdom

CURRENT Showtime’s Street Time with Rob Morrow; filming Knots with John Stamos

INSPIRATION Daniel Day-Lewis